On Friday, a high-level representative of the European Union affirmed that the European Council will not discuss the extension of sanction against Russian Federation during the meeting of next Monday. The source noted that the EU has time to make a decision on the matter until January 31 when sanctions are scheduled to expire. According to the source, the extension of economic sanctions is unlikely to be included in the agenda of the EU summit scheduled to be held in Brussels on 15th and 16th of December. On September 15, the European Union extended the ban of Russian and Ukrainian citizens and organizations for six months. The EU blacklist includes Russian officials, politicians, businessmen and law enforcement officers as well as almost all government members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic.
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, affirmed that Western sanctions against Russia are most likely to be extended by another six months. During an interview with Poland’s TVN24 channel on Thursday evening, Tusk asserted that there is every indication that sanctions against Russia will be extended again at least once, when asked to comment on whether the European Union was united in its stance toward Russia. He also said that although many countries have harsh anti-Russian stance, not all EU members share it. Tusk also added that after the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections, it will be harder for the West to make unanimous decisions about relations with Russia.